The Salvation Army is looking for energetic, giving, community-minded volunteers this holiday season to be bell ringers at the Army’s famous Red Kettles. More volunteers than ever are needed at Red Kettles in order to stretch donations as far as possible to help those in need. 

The Salvation Army will have Red Kettles at hundreds of Arizona businesses during the holiday season and encourages individuals, groups, organizations and companies to participate.

“Bell ringing is fun, easy and an excellent way to give to those in your community,” said Lt. Col. Kelly Pontsler, Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army’s Southwest Division. “For groups, organizations and companies, it is great for team building and a fantastic way to embrace the spirit of the season.

“Red Kettle volunteers help lower our costs, so we can continue to do the most good throughout the year.” 

For more information on volunteering or how to sponsor a kettle, contact your local Salvation Army or visit

The Salvation Army’s signature Red Kettle was first developed in 1891 as a means to provide a free holiday dinner to the poor. Today, donations to Red Kettles are vital in helping The Salvation Army support 25 million Americans annually with a diverse range of life-transforming social service programs, including: food for the hungry, relief for disaster survivors, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, adult rehabilitation, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children.